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Concentrate on the most important idea in an informational text by looking at the supporting details and composing a one-sentence statement about the central idea. In the video, the narrator makes a timeline of events in "The Little League World Series' Only Perfect Game" by Jim Morrison. She uses this visual representation to determine the common thread as well as respond to a text-dependent question. The video does a lot of telling, so you might use this as a model for your own teaching (of this article or another) or try out the slides instead. Have the kids do the work that the narrator does in the video! Check out the slides, guided notes, and article copy.
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